8 Replies Latest reply: Apr 8, 2013 10:01 PM by o_m_r
o_m_r Level 1 Level 1

Just bought a new SSD I plan to swap into my MacBook pro (mid 2010 6.2). I plan on clean installing osx Lion and thought I would try to make the installation go as smoothly as possible by updatingthe  firmware, if needed, on both the new drive and the MacBook pro.

 

Model: MacBook Pro 6,2 (mid 2010) - 15" i5 2.4ghz

Current Boot ROM: MBP61.0057.B0C

 

I found updated firmware for my model MacBook pro: http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1237

 

"MacBook Pro (15-inch, Mid 2010)     MacBookPro6,2     MBP61.0057.B0F (EFI 2.6)"      

 

"System Requirements

OS X Lion 10.7.3 or later"

http://support.apple.com/kb/DL1492

 

 

I'm wondering if I need to wait until os x Lion is installed before I install this update? Perhaps it will automatically via "software update" after Lion is installed. It looks like the fix is pertains to osx Lion functionality, so maybe it would've already been downloaded via software update if Lion was installed as opposed to snow leopard which is what I have currently.

 

The article says " If you are unsure whether your computer needs a particular update, simply download and open the update installer. The installer will alert you if the firmware update is already installed or not needed."

Which update installer are they referring to and where can I get it?

 

I thought it'd be better to update the firmware prior to installing the os, but maybe that's just an old habit I picked upnwhile using windows. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.


MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.6.8), mid 2010 6,2 15" 2.4 core i5
Solved by mende1 on Jul 5, 2012 10:42 PM Solved

It's the file that you can download from that page instead of Software Update. It does the same. When you install it, don't power off your computer and connect it to the charger

Reply by mende1 on Jul 5, 2012 10:10 PM Helpful

Lion will ask you to install it when you finish the installation, so don't worry about that. You can also download the update and install it manually

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  • mende1 Level 10 Level 10
    expertise.desktops
    Desktops

    Lion will ask you to install it when you finish the installation, so don't worry about that. You can also download the update and install it manually

  • o_m_r Level 1 Level 1

    Thanks for the reply, that's great. Sorry, I meant to click this answered my question ;)

     

    I'm still curious a to the "update installer" the EFI article refers to...

    http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1237

  • mende1 Level 10 Level 10
    expertise.desktops
    Desktops

    It's the file that you can download from that page instead of Software Update. It does the same. When you install it, don't power off your computer and connect it to the charger

  • clintonfrombirmingham Level 7 Level 7
    expertise.macosx
    Mac OS X

    Depending one when your unit was actually produced (my 'late 2011,' for instance, was manufactured in February of 2012) the firmware updates may already be in place. They're usually included with "Software Updates" so I would check what firmware you have and whether you need the new patches or not.

     

    Good luck,

     

    Clinton

  • o_m_r Level 1 Level 1

    Okay now I get it, thanks again

  • mende1 Level 10 Level 10
    expertise.desktops
    Desktops

    You are welcome

  • o_m_r Level 1 Level 1

    Thanks for the reply. I did check my current boot ROM/firmware and listed it in my original post. There appears to have been 2 firmware updates for my model but it's now my understanding that since I haven't upgraded to Lion that they weren't included in any auto updates for snow leopard.

    I'll wait til I auto update while/after clean installing Lion on the new SSD.

  • o_m_r Level 1 Level 1

    Update:

     

    By the time I finally did the SSD installation OS X Mountain LIon had been released. Although my chosen SSD (Samsung 830) doesn't allow for a firmware update unless SATA connected to a Windows system (or if you were to have some version of Windows installed on your mac), it was luckily already updated with the latest firmware.

     

    I made a boot disc (on an external HDD) in Snow Leopard using the OS X ML .dmg.

    I then did the swap of the included HDD with the SSD (I also upgraded the RAM to the max 8GB), and booted from the external HDD containing the boot disc, then proceeded to install OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion.

    ...everything went smoothly and quickly.

     

    I have had no issues with the installations and upgrades, and OS X Mountain Lion has worked extremely well with my mid 2010 Macbook Pro (15" unibody, 6,2). I have noticed some system taxing while being connected to a Cinema Display (the graphics card included with this system is a little weak), but otherwise pretty good. This particular SSD is, or at least was one of, if not arguably the best consumer SSD on the market, and is overkill for this system, i.e. model MacBook Pro. But it was priced at the time such that it was no additional expense to go with it vs a better matched SSD for this system's specs and capabilities.

     

    I have yet to enable TRIM through OS X, and think that might be of benefit and is on my agenda.

     

     

    Pertaining to my other original concern regarding updating the firmware of the MacBook Pro and whether it need to or could be done prior to upgradin the OS, that issue was solved, regardless of choosing Lion or Mountain Lion, by OS X software update automatically. Something I've never experienced with Windows

     

    Thanks again to mende1 for the help with my questions/concerns.